A study assures that the deaths in India by covid would be 5 million

India’s official count of more than 414,000 deaths is the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil, but the study adds to growing calls from experts for a rigorous national audit of deaths.

A devastating surge in infections in April and May, driven in large part by the more infectious and dangerous Delta variant, overwhelmed the healthcare system and killed at least 170,000 people in May alone, according to official data.

“What is tragically clear is that too many people may have died, millions more than hundreds of thousands,” said the report, which estimates between 3.4 million and 4.9 million excess deaths during the pan-

demia.

However, he did not attribute all excess deaths to the pandemic: “We focus on all-cause mortality and estimate excess mortality relative to a pre-pandemic baseline, adjusting for seasonality,” the authors noted.

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